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Monday, December 16, 2013

 

East Carolina University will shut down operations Saturday through Jan. 1 in an effort to reduce utility expenditures.

The university saved more than $75,000 through the closure last year.

During the 12-day period, facilities services will use an automatic control system to lower the temperature to about 60 degrees in most campus buildings. Some residence halls will be open during the break, and modifications will be made at the Brody School of Medicine to accommodate clinic schedules.

ECU saved 506 metric tons of carbon dioxide that equated to $75,460 in cost avoidance during the 2012 holiday break, according to Griff Avin, chief sustainability officer at ECU and director of facilities services for the university’s health sciences campus.

“We continue to make improvements in our energy usage, but we finished the year at 17 percent of our total reduction target of 30 percent,” Avin said.

A 2008 law mandated that all state agencies by 2015 reduce energy consumption by 30 percent from their 2002-03 usage level.

For the university to meet its energy reduction goal by 2015, ECU still has to reduce the equivalent of the amount of electricity used on the core health sciences campus for an entire year, Avin said.

Avin encouraged employees to make sure lights not needed for building security are turned off and printers, and other non-essential electronics are unplugged when they leave for the break.

“We need everybody’s help as they are leaving for the break to cut off everything that they can,” Avin said. “It’s a great opportunity to reduce our energy consumption as much as possible during those 12 days.”

via The Daily Reflector.

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